Art Focus Has Changed it's Look!

Dear John Muir families, 
Winter quarter is bringing an exciting change to our Art Focus program! 

During fall quarter, the JMMS Art Focus Committee spent many hours reviewing the current Art Focus model and determined that, in its current form, it is no longer sustainable.  The Art Focus Committee considered 3 other models in an effort to create a sustainable Art Focus model for JMMS and created the following as a pilot for Winter quarter.   

The JMMS PTC has hired 3 professional art teachers to teach the 3 upper grades (Nasserís, Jimís and Marciaís) and has hired a movement/dance teacher, funded by a grant from the Ashland Schools Foundation, to teach the younger grades (JoEllenís and Kimís). 

The art teachers for our upper grades will teach students art history, drawing and painting techniques, mixed media, and much more.  Each session will incorporate hands-on projects and learning. 

The movement/dance teacher for our lower grades will teach students awareness of their bodies and appreciation of music through dance and movement techniques. 

Each upper grade Art Focus teacher will need 2 parent volunteers (thatís 6 volunteers) to assist with projects, and with keeping students focused and on-task.  If you would like to commit to being an Art Focus volunteer for Winter quarter (Jan 11 - March 22), from 8:20-9:50, please let us know!  Please look for a short bio from each of our new Art Focus teachers in upcoming newsletters. 

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Carrie Eskenazi at  Please note: Rock Band will be held after school during winter quarter, day/time TBD. 

Rebecca Gyarmathy
Carrie Eskenazi, Art Focus Coordinator

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